We collectively co-create ways of working that support system change in research, education and training, and public engagement. We work together as partners to tackle inequities in what gets researched; whose voices are heard; how training and career pipelines are navigated and what evidence is valued. We centre the lived experience of marginalised communities to challenge ‘deficit’ narratives and instigate solutions that confront health and social inequalities.
- There is a need to advocate for the integration of knowledge about social and structural determinants of health and social inequities (racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, ageism, etc.) in academic and professional training and curricula.
- There is a need to develop new, and evaluate and share existing tools, resources and methods which help empower communities and amplify the effectiveness of community engagement. (NB. Community engagement is defined as “involving communities in decision-making and in the planning, design, governance and delivery of projects and services”).
- Opportunities for sharing knowledge and examples of good practice in reducing health inequities should be embedded within and across sectors, including those which are not directly related to healthcare.
- Methods for enabling community participation and partnership working should be standard elements of research, policy and practitioner training curricula.
Why we co-produce
We envision a world where everyone attains their full potential for health and well-being. A world where health and social institutions serve diverse individuals equally, and professionals support healthy, productive lives in every community.
Structural inequalities create unfair, unjust allocations of care. They determine what gets researched, whose voices are heard, who gets trained, who takes authority, and who benefits from public investments.
Our collective addresses health and social inequities and puts marginalised communities at the centre of our work. We listen to individuals, value their experience, and strive for social justice through collaboration and ethical, human-centred solutions.